September 30, 2014 – (Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida) – Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO of Gateway Bank, announced today that Bank employees raised $7,160 for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) local Heart Walk that took place on September 20 at Payne Park in Sarasota. In addition, Merriman served on the AHA’s Executive Leadership Team, and the Bank sponsored the event at the “Fit Friendly” level.
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Merriman challenged his employees, 41 in total, to recruit 30 walkers and raise $150 each, for a team total of $4,500. Not only did the team meet their goal of 30 walkers, but exceeded their fundraising goal by almost 60%, for a total of $7,160! Team Gateway placed second overall in total donations raised by an individual team, and Merriman personally placed fourth for the top individual fundraiser. The AHA’s event goal was $160,000, which was exceeded by over $11,000.
Gateway Bank has been recognized by the AHA as a Fit-Friendly company since 2010. Designed to be a catalyst for positive change in American business, the Fit-Friendly Companies Program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees by creating wellness in the workplace. Through Gateway’s workplace wellness program, employees have made lifestyle changes that have not only benefitted themselves personally, but also the organization.
“I am extremely proud of our employees and their commitment to live a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Merriman. He continued, “Their overwhelming support of the American Heart Association directly demonstrates that commitment.”
Merriman, in continued support of the AHA, has already committed to Chair the 2015 Heart Walk.
About Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida: Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida is an independent community bank serving business and consumer banking clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties. BauerFinancial (www.bauerfinancial.com) awarded Gateway Bank a 5-Star rating indicating the bank is well capitalized, exceeds regulatory compliance standards, and demonstrates high quality asset management.
Gateway Bank operates three full service banking locations. The main office is located at 1100 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The University Parkway banking center is located at 6204 North Lockwood Ridge Road, and the Manatee Avenue Banking Center is located on the northwest corner of 21st Street West and Manatee Avenue West.
The employees of Gateway Bank are dedicated to giving back to the community through volunteerism and monetary donations. In 2013, employees (41 in total) logged over 2,000 volunteer hours, and raised $27,700 for local charitable causes.
The shareholders and directors of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida are primarily residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Board of Directors includes: Charles J. Bartlett – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PA; Dr. Gary K. Bockhold – Center for Sight; David J. Grain – Grain Management; David K. Maholias – Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida, Inc.; Shaun P. Merriman – Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida; Gavin W. Meshad – JWM Management, Inc.; Katherine K. Moulton – Resort Management Consultants; Wayne M. Ruben – WMR Consulting, LLC; and David E. Sessions, Willis A. Smith Construction Inc.
Further information regarding Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida may be obtained by contacting Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO at 941-306-0105.